NC Sheriff Puts Officers and AR-15s in Every School

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina  is working with Madison County Schools to improve security and has placed special safes containing AR-15s in all of its six schools. The safes also include extra magazines, as well as breaching tools so that deputies don’t have to wait for the fire department to arrive to breach a barricaded door.

Sheriff Buddy Harwood explained the reasoning, “I do not want to have to run back out to the car to grab an AR, because that’s time lost. Hopefully, we’ll never need it, but I want my guys to be as prepared as prepared can be.”

The safes have already been placed in all six of the schools: Brush Creek Elementary, Hot Springs Elementary, Mars Hill Elementary, Madison Middle, Madison High, and Madison Early College High.

Harwood is dedicated to keeping his community and its schools safe. He refuses to let those in his community become a victim, especially after the horrendous ordeal in Uvalde. If the parents want deputies to stand at the door with an AR-15, Harwood will gladly comply. 

He said:

“I hate that we’ve come to a place in our nation where I’ve got to put a safe in our schools, and lock that safe up for my deputies to be able to acquire an AR-15. But, we can shut it off and say it won’t happen in Madison County, but we never know. I want the parents of Madison County to know we’re going to take every measure necessary to ensure our kids are safe in this school system. If my parents, as a whole, want me to stand at that door with that AR strapped around that officer’s neck, then I’m going to do whatever my parents want as a whole to keep our kids safe.”

School Resource Officers will be present at every campus, as will a school safety liaison, social workers, and school counselors.

Each building will also have a panic button system that transmits information to a monitoring station and the sheriff’s office.

The school system has partnered with the Sheriff’s office to conduct a live scenario to replicate a high-impact incident requiring an emergency response on August 17.

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